Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Declutter: Laundry Corner

I was determined to do some sort of cleaning/decluttering today so I tackled my laundry corner. There is still a lot to be done and I am not 100% happy with it but I plan to keep at it. 

It has driven home to me that I have too many things but also that when you share a space with someone it takes more effort to keep things tidy.



Before I started

After

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thirty-Two Including Shoes

Thirty-Two. Three-Two. What is it you ask. It is the amount of items in my ward-robe which make up the core of my casual style. It wasn't always so however and getting it to that level took a few hours of conscious decision making and a few hard choices.

I made the decision to pare down my ward-robe as part of a minimalist approach to living about three months ago. I was going to simplify my life and I decided to start with my surroundings. My inspiration for this came from a travel-bag forum where people where speaking about packing for a long trip using only their carry-on luggage.

It got me thinking. If someone can live out of a bag for three months do I really need all of the things that I surround myself with to be happy. Also, there has never been evidence in my life that more stuff leads to more happiness. One only needs to take a look at my yarn stash versus my finished projects list to figure out that having more does not always make you more productive or inspired.

In looking at my wardrobe I could see that I bought clothing not out of need but out of the simple ability to afford them. I liked a certain style of shirt and it was cheap so I got many; or here is this nice pants, I should get one. However, when faced with having to make a choice of what I would actual wear, it quickly became obvious that I had bought far more than I would need in the foreseeable future.

 I can say that using this wardrobe for the last quarter has been a success. I hardly remember the other clothes that I had and beyond needing to wash frequently, I don't feel any adverse affects to the reduction of options.

The positive results have been noticeable:

1)Less hassle to get dressed since the options are limited.

2)I keep better track of my clothing. Less to fold as well so it is neater.

3)It makes considering future purchases easier since I know I will buy quality I have to plan ahead. No impulse buys.

4)I am getting confident with the idea of personal style. Shopping used to be a nightmare for me, but now that I have an idea of what I want, I look forward to finding the piece that fits me best.

Unfortunately I dropped the ball after this and the bag of clothes I separated out to donate is still in my other room. And speaking of the other room, it is a cluttered and messy. I have a lot more to do and as I am working with a small space, I have finally realized that I simply have too much stuff for my square-footage. Pity I didn't realize this before I bought all of these things.

Revisiting this challenge however, has reminded me how liberating it can be to live a life of less. I will do some sort of organizing on my upcoming free days and use this blog post to keep me accountable.

And speaking of shoes. Here is what I plan to replace my current staple ballet flat with:

J-Crew Quorra Ballet Flats

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Back in the Saddle

It is time to start blogging again mostly because I need a forum to express my thoughts and also because I miss this. It will be a record of where I am and where I would like to be in the future.

This is a time in my life when I feel grateful for where I am and who I am. I have wonderful friends and a great hope that my life can be what I want it to be. No I don't suspect that it will be easy but I know with in my heart that I can be contented.

The main focus of my blog before was crafting and a bit of my photography efforts. From now on I plan to blog about my other passions in life finance and budgeting. I am also attempting to change my life in many positive ways and these will feature in my blog from time to time:

1) Exercise

2)Meditation

3)Healthy Eating

4)Minimalist Living

5)Frugality

6)Gratitude

7)Self-Love

These changes will take time, but this is what I want and no matter how many times I false start; I don't want to give up.

My new hairstyle :)